The impeachment executives of the House of Representatives are in the U.S. Capitol to present the Senate with an impeachment notice of former President Donald Trump, accusing them of instigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, USA.
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Parliament sent its impeachment article against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching a process in which the senators will decide whether the former president should be convicted of inciting a rebellion against the US government.
The Senators won't hear the case against Trump for another two weeks. The Chamber has reached an agreement that the trial will begin in earnest the week of February 8th, giving the Senate time to approve more of President Joe Biden's cabinet.
Senators will be sworn in as jurors on Tuesday, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Previously announced. Then both the impeachment executives who will bring the House v Trump case and the president's defense team will have time to draft and file legal briefs.
Managers, led by Senior Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Took the item in a formal procession masked in pairs across the Capitol to the Senate on Monday. As Raskin read the indictment against Trump, some senators wearing face-coverings watched from the chamber.
Trump will be the only president facing a second impeachment trial and the first to go through the process after leaving office. If 67 senators vote to convict him, the chamber can decide whether to prevent him from taking office again and receiving benefits from previous presidents.
The article that the impeachment executives delivered on Monday accused Trump of calling for an uprising in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Wrongly arguing that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 election, Trump encouraged supporters during a Jan. 6 rally to challenge the results, ignite a mob to overrun the Capitol, and win President Joe Biden's election has bothered. Five people died in the attack, including a Capitol policeman.
The article claims that Trump "threatened the integrity of the democratic system, disrupted peaceful transfers of power, and endangered an equal branch of government", "thereby betraying his confidence as President in the blatant violation of the people of the United States."
Trump took no responsibility for the uprising. Only after that did he discourage the violence and promise a peaceful transfer of power. Biden was inaugurated Wednesday with more than 25,000 National Guard forces patrolling Washington DC.
Trump hired South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to defend him. The House's nine impeachment managers are Democratic Representatives Raskin, Diana DeGette from Colorado, David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro from Texas, Eric Swalwell and Ted Lieu from California, Stacey Plaskett, US Virgin Islands delegate, Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania and Joe Neguse from Colorado.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Use of Police Force and Community Relations" at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, the United States, on June 16, 2020.
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Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, will lead the trial, not the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. The President pro Tempore usually conducts impeachment proceedings against non-presidents.
It is now unclear how long the process will take. Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Are expected to agree on parameters of how long it will take and how much time the Senate will spend each day on it.
For the Senate to condemn Trump, 17 Republicans would have to join all 50 Democrats. While Biden told CNN he thinks the process must take place despite his potential to derail his agenda, he noted that he doesn't believe 17 GOP senators will vote in favor of Trump.
While some Republicans have signaled they could vote to hold the president accountable, others have dismissed the impeachment process as unlawful.
Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that the process was "stupid" and "counterproductive". He argued the process would divide the country.
Impeachment supporters have claimed the US cannot continue the attack on the Capitol unless it holds those responsible to account.
Several Republicans including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ben Sasse of Nebraska have signaled that they will consider voting to condemn Trump. McConnell hasn't ruled out a conviction either.
The House voted 232-197 votes to indict Trump earlier this month. Ten Republicans voted with all Democrats to indict the ex-president.
The Republican-led Senate acquitted the former president last year after the House charged him with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
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